Help us solve the COVID puzzle
GenOMICC COVID-19 Study
COVID-19 arm of GenOMICC study full recruited
Thank you so much for your interest in the GenOMICC COVID-19 Study.
We have been overwhelmed with the response.
While we have now fully recruited all of the volunteers we need for the COVID-19 part of the GenOMICC study, the wider GenOMICC study is still ongoing.
The GenOMICC study, which focuses on the genetics of critical illness, has been running since 2016 and is looking for healthy volunteers who may be a match for someone in ICU to help our researchers understand possible genetic causes and potentially find treatments for critical illnesses like sepsis and influenza.
If you would like to register your interest to see if you might be a match for a critically ill participant in the GenOMICC study, you can do so here.
We are so grateful for your support.
Why do some people become seriously ill while others are hardly affected?
Many factors affect how sick people become; an existing medical condition, being overweight, their ethnicity and deprivation. However, scientific research suggests there maybe something else as well. We believe one answer may live in our DNA and that by comparing whole genome sequences, we may find this “something else” which may help explain why some people who are young, fit and healthy were badly affected and others who were old and frail were not.
Who do you need?
The GenOMICC study is now looking for people who might be a good match for one of our patients in the ICU with other causes of critical illness. This could include sepsis or influenza.
For the people that do match, in the future, we would ask them to provide a blood sample that we can sequence and compare with samples from people who did become severely ill.
We have reached out target for our COVID-19 study
Since we launched our GenOMICC COVID-19 study in May 2020, we have been overwhelmed with the response from you. Thousands of people have now volunteered to take part in the study and we are hugely thankful to everyone who has registered.
We now need to find possible people who closely match our patients in ICU with other causes of critical illness.
For us to be able to deliver meaningful scientific outcomes for other causes of critical illness, it is absolutely crucial that we match volunteers in age, sex, and ethnicity with patients who do become severely ill.
If you would like to register your interest, you can do so here.